Manali wrapped up in white blanket

December 10th, 2011 - 9:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh Shimla, Dec 10 (IANS) Snowfall continued to elude this Himachal Pradesh capital Saturday, but another tourist resort, Manali, had moderate snow again.

The minimum temperature recorded at Manali that saw 5 cm of snow was 1.2 degrees Celsius, the weather office here said.

“For the second consecutive day, Manali and the hills overlooking it experienced mild to moderate spells of snow early Saturday,” Manmohan Singh, director of the meteorological office here, told IANS.

He said picturesque Kalpa, some 250 km from Shimla, also experienced 3.6 cm of snow.

“High-altitude areas of Lahaul and Spiti, Chamba, Mandi, Kullu, Kinnaur and Shimla districts have been experiencing snow since Wednesday,” the official said.

Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti district was the coldest place in the state with a low of 6 degrees Celsius below the freezing point, while it was minus-3 degrees in Kalpa, 5.5 in Dharamsala and 5.1 degrees in Shimla.

As news of the snowfall flashed across the plains, tourists started arriving at Manali and the nearby hills.

The weatherman said the weather would remain dry after Sunday as the western disturbances would recede from the region.

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